Tendon Tear

New Jersey Regenerative Institute

Regenerative Medicine & Orthopedics located in Cedar Knolls, NJ

Tendon tears are common among certain sports — including running, basketball, and volleyball — though they can also be the result of chronic wear and tear over many years. For symptoms of a tendon tear, visit New Jersey Regenerative Institute in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, for a consultation and exam. The orthopedic specialists offer nonsurgical and minimally invasive solutions to treat all types of tendon injuries, including tendon tears. Schedule your visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Tendon Tear Q & A

What are the signs of a tendon tear?

Tendon tears can occur either suddenly or after years of wear and tear. For cases of sudden tears, you may experience:

  • Loud popping sound at the time of the injury
  • Severe pain and bruising
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Inability to move the affected joint or limb
  • Difficulty bearing weight or lifting objects
  • A visible bulge in the injured muscle

Tendon tears that occur due to chronic overuse often present with less intense symptoms or chronic discomfort for weeks or months. Other symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty moving the affected limb or joint
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Stiffness in the affected area
  • Pain or tenderness to touch
  • Possible swelling and bruising

Tendon tears may be partial, meaning only a part of the tendon is torn, or complete, when the entire tendon is torn. Partial tears often have fewer symptoms and may not cause any functional disability. Complete tears often present with more severe symptoms and loss of function.

What causes a tendon to tear?

Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Their role is to provide support and strength when muscles contract in order to avoid injuries, such as muscle strains or tears. If a muscle contracts too quickly or strongly, it’s possible that the tendon may tear. Tendons can tear away from the muscle or the bone where they are attached.

It’s more common for tendons to tear after periods of overuse or chronic repetitive movements. These tears occur gradually when the tendon rubs over its bony insertion, slowly wearing down the tissues of the tendon. If overuse isn’t corrected in its early stages — such as tendinitis or tendinosis — the tendon is at risk of tearing partially or completely.

Possible causes of tendon tears include:

  • Overhead activities or sports
  • Frequent knee bending
  • Running, jogging, or other high impact exercises
  • Throwing or kicking injuries
  • Direct trauma

To determine if you have a tendon tear, visit New Jersey Regenerative Institute for a thorough exam and imaging, including diagnostic ultrasound, X-rays, or an MRI.

How are tendon tears treated?

Treatment depends on the severity of your injury and pain. In most cases, nonsurgical solutions can help you recover, including:

If surgery is needed, the team provides referrals to orthopedic surgeons in the area.

To get your injury diagnosed and treated properly, schedule a visit online or by phone at New Jersey Regenerative Institute now.